Friday, June 16, 2017

1st Rules....

Okay so the 1st rule of tatting with bobbins has to be: put the right bobbin with the right amount of thread on the shuttle.  Lesson learned...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Broke down

I broke down and purchased the new clover bobbin shuttle and the case that goes with it.  I blame the online tatting class and their review of the shuttle.  They made me do it.
I purchased my shuttle and case  online from Artisanthropy which has both an online store and a store front located in Cobourg, On.  They were one of the vendors at the Fringe Element Tatting Seminar last year and I love their colour palette.  Hopefully they will cary Lizbeth thread in the future.  I was surprised to find that they not only have the Clover bobbin shuttles but have free shipping on orders over $40 before tax.  Although there are great tatting stores online they are mostly in the US and its painful to get a package over the border and timing is unpredictable.  It took less than a week to for the order to arrive at my house and it was delivered to my door.  
I really like the idea of the tatting case with the slots for the different items.  It helps to keep things from tangling and the crochet hooks can't puncture the case.  It is lighter and thinner than the plastic pencil cases from the dollar store.   The shuttle itself feels like the traditional clover shuttle but a little bit bigger.  I have over used the post clover shuttle and now have issues gripping the clover post shuttle.  I didn't have that issue with the bobbin shuttle.  The bobbins are easy to use and they pop in and out with no issues.  I like the pic on the tip of the shuttle.  The design is overall a win and fits in with what you would expect from a clover shuttle.  I have to say that I find them pricey compared to other plastic shuttles.   Even though a bobbin shuttle allows you to change out bobbins so you can use one shuttle to do several projects the bobbins themselves are pricey compared to other bobbin plastic shuttles.  Overall its a good middle of the road type shuttle where you aren't spending a fortune but you get a really nice shuttle.  

Thursday, March 30, 2017

If you're in Ottawa on Sunday

If you are in Ottawa this weekend and would like to see some lace the 29th Annual Lace Day is occuring on Sunday (and not Saturday like I keep telling people).  They have vendors and displays at the RA Center.  Its a great opportunity to get some tatting supplies.
Unfortunately they seem to coincide with the Finger Lakes Seminar every year so I miss it.  I will be in sunny Lodi this weekend for loads of tatting fun.  I've brought my favorite chocolates to celebrate International Tatting Day.  If you are heading there this weekend come over and say Hi!...I'll have mint chocolates from Laura Secord to share assuming I don't eat them all on the drive down.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Not as smart as I thought I was...

I joined to the wrong spot.  If you look at the picture you can see I skipped a chain and joined to the next one.  Unfortunately I'd already made the next ring so it was painful to think of undoing everything...
So I thought I'll use split chain technique in reverse to get to the join, redo the join and then use split chain technique to finish the chain.
Which works except...
How do you undo the join?  Couldn't figure that out so I ended up cutting the ball thread to undo the join and join to the right place.  I finished the chain using split chain technique.  Not quite the way I thought it would happen but I didn't need to retro tat the ring... So I was kinda SMRT

Monday, March 20, 2017

As requested...

Sorry I guess I wasn't thinking and it didn't occur to me yesterday that you might want to see the wrist warmer attempts.
This one of the wrist warmers.  I've done a few unmatched pairs because the tops are all slightly different.  There's still some changes to be made depending on the top of the wrist warmer.
They are suprisingly comfy.  If you've tried tatting with wool before you know that really fuzzy wool doesn't tend to work.  Its too hard to close the rings and it tends to break.  The alegria is more sturdy and less fuzzy than other types I've tried. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Alegria addiction

I've tatted myself to a standstill.  I've been addicted to tatting with this Manos del Uruguay yarn called Alegria.  Its a cozy superwash merino blend that I bought for a crochet project but ended up using it for tatting.  Cause I use everything for tatting.
Unfortunately there is a limit to how long my thumbs will cooperate.  No pictures yet but the yarn ended up being tatted wrist warmers.